Born in Yorkshire, her first connection to the island was in the early sixties when she worked as a reporter on the Majorca News, the first English language newspaper which was the forerunner of the Majorca Daily Bulletin.
It was a small magazinelike edition which was owned by Col. Bobby Bartrum, who lived with his wife Tuppence in El Terreno, and later sold .
Little did Shirley suspect that she would soon marry a Spaniard, Carlos Sobron who was a prestigious architect who designed many houses on the island.
Duke of Barcelona
They both loved playing golf, particularly in Son Vida where they had a home for some years.
Shirley sometimes talked about the time she was asked by the club to play with a well known person who turned out to be the Duke of Barcelona, the father of the Spanish King Juan Carlos.
She was also very proud of the golfing exploits of a very young grand-daughter, Luna, following in the footsteps of one of her sons, Marcos, a golfing professional.
Eventually Carlos and Shirley ended up living in a lovely penthouse flat in Puerto Andratx where they liked to entertain their friends and Shirley always looked impeccably elegant. A happy time.
When Carlos died, Shirley was supported by her friends who were members of the Bendinat Golf Club and also in ESRA.
In the first she was member of a group known as The Happy Club and for the latter she was an excellent events organizer, because she had contacts with many businesses on the island.
In this way she was able to refill her life once again with happy activities.
In 1996 the terrible illness, cancer, struck but Shirley battled with it and won the struggle to everyone's delight.
About 11 years ago a long family friend, Don Williams, became her partner, which brought her to another happy stage in her life.
But in the more recent past Shirley had to contend with yet another illness, one that eventually can make patients lose their dignity and forget their surroundings. Somehow she still seemed to irradiate her natural elegance.
All her friends will miss her and surely send on their condolences to her family, especially Don, Marcos, Mar, Juan Carlos and the grandchildren Luna, Savannah, Ian, Maria and her sister Jeannie in UK.
REST IN PEACE.